By Jon Corrigan
David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Douglas Partridge on The Partridge Family, has been diagnosed with dementia.
The 66-year-old actor revealed to People magazine that he’s battling the memory-loss disease, which has plagued his family for several generations.
Cassidy’s revelation comes just a few days after he struggled through a performance in Agoura Hills, Calif., where he forgot the lyrics to several of his songs.
“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said, referencing how he witnessed both his grandfather and mother suffer through dementia.
“In the end, the only way I knew [my mother] recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room,” he explained. “I feared I would end up that way.”
However, Cassidy remains positive, seeking to live his life to the fullest.
“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he revealed. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
For more, visits People magazine.